Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Flippered Falcon


Click the arrow to watch. Video source: SpaceX YouTube channel.

Just when you think Elon Musk can't blow your mind any more ... He flies a flippered Falcon.

SpaceX posted the above video June 18 on YouTube. It shows the experimental Falcon 9R (the "R" is for reusable) in a 1,000-meter test launch and landing at their McGregor, Texas site.

We saw a 1,000-meter test in May, but this one had fins on it for steering the booster during flight and landing.

SpaceX hopes to soon attempt a controlled landing on a pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The company demonstrated a controlled landing in April with a target in the Atlantic Ocean.

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